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5 Traditional Door Styles for Your Home

Explore 5 unique twists that our clients have taken on traditional door styles.

If your home is classic or craftsman, you may be considering a custom traditional door to complement your entryway, but how do you make it truly unique? After all — many of the common traditional front door ideas have already gone viral. 

When people think of traditional front door ideas and styles, they might think of traditional barn doors, double doors with slim glass windows, or classic square silhouettes. However, our artists have found that these elements can be made new, unique, and exciting via a custom, expertly-crafted design.

This absolute means that all traditional doors (and door elements) can be completely customized to suit your home’s style. When you work with Clark Hall, you can choose from six different finishes, various hardware styles, textured glasses, and silhouettes like square top, eyebrow, and round top. We give you the tools to create your own definition of “traditional,” elevating your result to be truly one-of-a-kind. 

Not sure where to start? We’re here to help. Read on to learn more about our favorite traditional door styles, featuring five unique visions meant to help you draw inspiration for your own design.

A Twist on Traditional

However you define your style, design your own traditional door from scratch.

Arched & Elevated

A white brick home with a traditional door style.

Boldly offsetting the home’s vibrant white exterior, this contemporary take on a few traditional front door ideas is simply breathtaking. We love the curved top and Charcoal finish that create a compelling contrast between the siding and the entryway. And, the textured Seedy Baroque glass windows provide a touch of privacy without blocking natural sunlight from entering the foyer. 

As an added element that weaves in the classic style so often seen with traditional front door ideas, the door is complete with traditional-inspired pull handles and hardware.

Stately & Sophisticated

A traditional style door on a brown brick home.

Reminiscent of traditional farmhouse doors, these sleek double doors feature thoughtful and unique linework offset by textured Aquatex glass. Typically, traditional front door ideas and styles feature straight lines that divide the glass into square window panels but these homeowners flexed their creative “muscles,”choosing a unique triangle-shaped window at the top of the door. 

This entryway also features a warm and welcoming bronze finish and complementary, brushed metal pull handles that make these new doors look effortlessly vintage.

Sleek & Simple

Charcoal double traditional style doors on a brick home.

Sometimes traditional front door ideas take a lesson from their modern counterparts — such as this flawlessly simple example. Featuring a bold charcoal finish and large, clear glass windows typically found on our modern iron doors, this entryway takes the concept of traditional barn doors and flips it on its head. 

Since most of the door panels are made up of windows, the foyer is instantly brightened, and the classic brick home is generously, naturally invited into the modern era.

Elegant & Parisian-Inspired

A Parisian inspired traditional door style.

Inspired by the charming streets of Paris, these traditional double doors are simple yet captivating. Complete with grand custom pull handles, large clear glass windows, and a charcoal finish, this entryway leaves a lasting impression that complements the home’s classic white exterior and black shudders. 

Connect with us today to learn more about this home makeover project and see how we collaborated with the homeowner and professional interior designer, Tula Summerford.

Rounded & Regal

A rounded set of traditional style doors.

Stepping through these rounded doors feels a bit like being welcomed into a castle — and we love it. The elegant round shape reminds guests of decades past, while the eye-catching charcoal finish, Aquatex glass texture, and interesting line work usher in a breath of fresh air. Here again, the textured glass provides a sense of privacy without taking away a lot of natural light.

Square-Styled & Stately

Traditional double doors with traditional handlesets.

Preserving the integrity of the door’s original design while updating the frame and inner pane-glass style, this example goes to show that it is possible to mix traditional shapes with more modern-day accents. The rod-and-arch style provides a traditional touch with a more modern execution, and the square, molding-lined frame and frontway presentation gives an air of depth to the entry space.

What does your take on traditional front door ideas? If you’re feeling inspired to start your own entryway makeover, we encourage you to connect with our team to arrange a phone consultation at one of our design studios. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Traditional Door Styles

What is a traditional door?

A traditional door is commonly thought to be made of wood, featuring a classic double door silhouette. However, our favorite traditional front door ideas are made from high-quality iron and can be customized to suit any vision — from single-panel entryways with textured glass to double-door entryways with large, clear glass windows.

What kind of door does a colonial house need?

For a colonial house, we recommend pursuing a traditional front door idea to complement the home’s classic exterior. And, depending on the width of your front entryway, we also recommend a double door as opposed to a single panel door for a more expansive and welcoming entrance.

What hardware should I choose for my door?

Choosing the right hardware for your custom door is critical, and you want to make sure it complements the door’s finish and style. Select a hardware that is understated so the design is the star of the show.

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